A stomach infection prevented Michael Cammalleri from making the trip to New York with his Canadiens teammates today. The Canadiens will play the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden tomorrow night. Lars Eller, a healthy scratch the last three games, will probably replace him on the line with Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Kostsitsyn tomorrow.
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It turned out nicely after all, at least on the ice. The week’s schedule featured three games in less than four days (67 hours). It started with that home game against Edmonton Wednesday in which the Canadiens blew a 3-0 lead, losing 4-3 in overtime. The Canadiens came back the next night with a 5-1 win over the injury plagued and struggling Devils in New Jersey before returning home to grind out a 3-1 win over San Jose Saturday afternoon. In the end, the Canadiens took five of a possible six points
Canadiens coach Jacques Martin will make changes to his third and fourth lines tonight for the game against the Los Angeles Kings. Mathieu Darche, who was a healthy scratch Monday night in favour of Yannick Weber, will return to the lineup to play with Lars Eller and Benoit Pouliot. Tom Pyatt will be joining Jeff Halpern and Maxim Lapierre on the Canadiens other secondary unit. (read more)
Today’s NHL harbours few secrets. Every game is attended by a gaggle of professional scouts. Every game is on satellite TV and analyzed top-to-bottom. So, when the Canadiens played the Blue Jackets in Columbus last night, everyone in their organization was well aware that Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta were locked in awful slumps. It meant that the Columbus coaching staff could invest 80% of their attention on shutting down Tomas Plekanec, Michael Cammalleri and Andrei Kostitsyn.
It’s about chemistry, or in this case lack-of-chemistry as it relates to Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta and the six or seven players who have played left wing on their line this season. Against Phoenix last night Benoit Pouliot, Travis Moen and Tom Pyatt saw almost equal time on the Gomez line. Tomorrow night Jacques Martin will again start the game with Pyatt on the left side. How long it lasts is anyone’s gue
The best thing to happen to Lars Eller on the path to becoming a Canadiens front-line forward probably is the improved play of Carey Price. If Price had not gotten off to a good start, a segment of the fans, in their relentless search for someone to bully, would have tired of getting on the goaltender’s case and transferred their bile to Eller as “punishmen” for being the one for whom Jaroslav Halak was traded.
Both Lars Eller and Benoit Pouliot will be part of the Canadiens opening night roster. Still to be decided is what their role will be. The two forwards will be in the spotlight tonight for totally different reasons when the Canadiens meet the Buffalo Sabres at the Bell Centre. Eller will be back at his normal centre-ice position for the first time in the training camp. Pouliot will be trying to re-establish himself as a front line leftwinger after spending most of training camp on the team’s third and fourth lines.
Did you know the Canadiens have seven players with no-trade clauses in their contracts including Andrei Markov and Roman Hamrlik, both of whom will be unrestricted free agents at the end of this season? The trade restrictions on the two defensemen ends on February first, 2011, meaning the Canadiens can make a deal for them at the trade deadline if they wish. At the end of the coming season, Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier will have to deal with five unrestricted and eight restricted free agents. He will have just over twenty-five million dollars to sign thirteen players with defensemen Markov and Josh Gorges the top priorities.
And indication of the hockey world in the salary cap era, the Canadiens presently are committed to only four contracts two years from now, Gomez, Cammalleri, Gionta and Plekanec. And they are committed to only one contract, Plekanec, in the 2014-2015 season.
The Canadiens have traded goaltender Jaroslav Halak to the St. Louis Blues in return for two young forwards, Lars Eller and Ian Schultz.